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Chemists make hard-to-catch molecules

10:41am, June 19, 2001

In an advance that could lead to new catalysts for chemical reactions, scientists in Europe have found a novel way to stabilize highly reactive molecules called carbenes.

A carbene contains a central carbon atom with two bonds, rather than carbon's typical four. This arrangement leaves the carbon with two free electrons hungry to react.

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